The only things you need for this course are a decent pair of shoes and a desire to walk!
Before beginning any exercise program, consult your doctor. Participants and their legal guardians understand and acknowledge that participation in any exercise program or related activities carries with it inherent dangers which may result in personal injury or even death. Participants and their legal guardians assume complete responsibility to (a) consult with a physician to ensure that there are no health-related reasons for problems which would preclude or restrict participant’s participation in a particular exercise program or related activities and (b) procure adequate health insurance necessary to provide for and pay any medical costs that may directly or indirectly result from such participation. Accordingly, participants and their legal guardians assume all responsibility and risk associated with any participation in any exercise program or related activities.
When you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to do the following:
This course does not require a textbook. Students will need proper clothing and shoes for walking.
This course utilizes a social fitness site to help develop a more active lifestyle. Additionally, signing up for this site will aid in keeping a long-term walking and exercise log as well as build social cognition of others working to stay active. You will sign up for a free membership on MapMyWalk.com in this course. The sign up link and directions are located in this Welcome module of the course.
Each lesson within the five units of this course consists of the following:
You should read each lesson carefully to ensure that you are able to complete the mastery check and the graded assignments. You will participate in a regular program of walking (45 days, 45-50 mins a day), and record your progress in your MapMyWalk.com account for submission. You will also be required to complete a final examination based on the coursework.
To help you be successful in this course, let’s examine the format you will be following. There are three types of assignments you will encounter in this course:
To receive credit for this course, you will be required to walk for at least 45-50 minutes on a minimum of 45 days spread out over the duration of the course. In other words, if you walk 6 days a week it will take at least 8 weeks to complete the total number of required days.
Walking sessions including dates and duration must be recorded in MapMyWalk by the time that the Walking Log Assignments are submitted. It will be good practice to make sure they are recorded immediately following the walking session (or automatically using the smartphone app).
The final exam consists of forty-five questions. They are similar to the unit quiz questions in units 1 - 5. The “Final Exam Preparation” section gives more detail about the exam. There is no time limit on the exam and it is closed book. You cannot take the final exam until all the computer-graded assignments and instructor-graded assignments have been completed.
The following tables will help you understand the grading scale. The first table is a percentage breakdown for each assignment. It shows what percentage of your final grade each assignment is worth. The second table shows the total percentage breakdown for your final grade.
|Assignments||Weight of Final Grade|
|Unit 1 Quiz||5%|
|Nutrition Log Submission||5%|
|Unit 2 Quiz||5%|
|Initial Walking Log Submission (First Two Weeks)||5%|
|Unit 3 Quiz||5%|
|Unit 4 Quiz||5%|
|Walking Journal Entry||5%|
|Unit 5 Quiz||5%|
|Walking Log - 45 days of exercise must be recorded||50%|
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Summary: 5 computer-graded assignments and 4 instructor-graded assignments, all of which may be resubmitted once for a fee
Unit quizzes, instructor-graded assignments, and the final exam are all required in order to pass the course. Because of the nature of this course, you will be expected to walk to receive credit. If you are not able to walk, then you should transfer to a different physical education course through Independent Study. You must have a minimum of forty-five walking sessions across forty-five days of activity, and at least 45-50 minutes per day to pass the course.
Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course
If you need to retake an exam, contact the Independent Study office.
You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course. Because of the nature of some assignments, you may not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.
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